Philosophers Ponder the Afterlife
Cheating Death: Philosophers Ponder the Afterlife
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Star Trek–style teleportation may one day become a reality. You step into the transporter, which instantly scans your body and brain, vaporizing them in the process. The information is transmitted to Mars, where it is used by the receiving station to reconstitute your body and brain exactly as they were on Earth. You then step out of the receiving station, slightly dizzy, but pleased to arrive on Mars in a few minutes, as opposed to the year it takes by old-fashioned spacecraft.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Linguistics and Philosophy
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Byrne, Alex. “Cheating Death: Philosophers Ponder the Afterlife.” Boston Review 37:1 (2012): 55–62. © 2012 Boston Review
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